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Taking A Gap Year For Travel

For both students and people in​ work,​ the​ option for taking a​ gap year is​ proving to​ be a​ very popular life choice. Making the​ decision to​ take a​ gap year and following it​ through can be difficult to​ achieve. For a​ student taking a​ gap year before or​ after taking a​ university degree,​ a​ gap year can have a​ huge positive effect in​ terms of​ boosting confidence,​ increasing maturity,​ developing social skills,​ gaining experience and knowledge of​ different cultures,​ helping the​ environment and feeling independent by taking the​ opportunity of​ working in​ a​ different country.

For a​ student or​ individual with no financial or​ family commitments,​ a​ gap year can seem like the​ perfect way to​ experience life before joining or​ returning to​ the​ world of​ work. However,​ like many things in​ life,​ there are major hurdles to​ overcome. Firstly there is​ the​ question of​ financing the​ gap year. if​ a​ person is​ lucky enough to​ have funds available or​ will be working during their gap year,​ this poses very few problems. For many people who are hoping to​ travel during their gap year,​ it​ may mean taking a​ temporary job or​ asking parents to​ help out financially. With student debts at​ an​ all time high,​ gaining the​ necessary funds can prove to​ be very difficult and delays may be inevitable.

The second hurdle to​ overcome is​ the​ fear and excitement of​ travelling to​ the​ far corners of​ the​ world and surviving to​ tell the​ tale especially for those travelling solo for the​ first time. Parents,​ friends and family will also be very worried with stories of​ crime,​ natural disasters,​ unstable governments and disease ridden areas making the​ news on​ a​ daily basis. in​ the​ vast majority of​ cases,​ most countries are just as​ safe as​ your home country. With the​ wealth of​ information available on​ the​ internet and through travel guides,​ there is​ no excuse not to​ plan a​ trip beforehand in​ order to​ make the​ most of​ it​ and to​ avoid unnecessary risks and dangers. Many countries in​ Europe,​ Asia,​ Africa and South America have well laid out backpacker routes which are used by thousands of​ men and women travelling in​ groups or​ on​ their own. the​ vast majority have amazing experiences and return home safely. you​ will be hard pressed to​ find an​ individual who has taken a​ gap year and regretted the​ decision.

For some,​ travelling solo may pose a​ major problem if​ they have never tried it​ before. They may be worried about feeling lonely and unable to​ cope with situations by themselves in​ a​ strange country far from home. Fortunately there are thousands of​ people in​ exactly the​ same situation and travelling solo is​ the​ ideal way to​ meet people and build confidence. People often meet in​ hostels,​ bars,​ trains,​ airports and the​ list goes on. it​ is​ much easier to​ meet people while travelling than it​ is​ in​ your home country and in​ most cases,​ people will only be alone if​ they choose to​ be. Also the​ ability to​ cope with new situations will improve over a​ short period of​ time as​ you​ gain confidence through each experience. After a​ while,​ you​ will be booking accommodation on​ the​ internet,​ travelling long distances and communicating with people in​ a​ different language without a​ second thought.

The options for people taking a​ gap year are huge and include travel,​ volunteer work,​ contract work,​ seasonal jobs,​ adventure travel,​ teaching English and much more. a​ gap year can be a​ once in​ a​ life time experience and as​ long as​ you​ plan well and use your common sense,​ it​ can be year that will change your life for the​ better.

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